Wild bobcat found under Iowa man's desk

Oskaloosa's Mauer Supply Inc. owner, Jim Harvey, finds bobcat under under desk

OSKALOOSA, Iowa - A typical morning for an Iowa man, turns out to be far more interesting than he expected. 

As he was enjoying his morning coffee at work, he found a bobcat, under his desk!

A wild tale that won't be forgotten any time soon.  

For around 30 years, Jim Harvey, has had a routine to start his morning off right at Oskaloosa's Mauer Supply Inc.  

"All I could see was its head and its eyes," said Harvey. "When I went to get my coffee, he was under my desk. That's my good morning."

On September 26th around 8:30 a.m. a wild bobcat found its way past the service manager's garage door and into the service center.  

"To my blind side I saw a dog walk in which wasn't a dog and saw him run into the shop," said Harvey. "I thought well I'll go say hi to him." 

That is when Jim learned differently.

"When I knew it was a bobcat, it was under my workbench," said Harvey.

Multiple agencies, including the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office came to the rescue with caution.  

"We've told people for several years, don't approach bobcats, they are not kittens, not your average feline, not a pet at all. They are very dangerous when cornered," said Sheriff Russ VanRenterghem.

For two hours, Jim's office was this bobcat's home. 

"There's some oil pans there he just laid his head down and stretched his legs out," said Harvey.

It eventually found its escape route.  

"Our intent wasn't to catch the animal, our intent was just to encourage it to leave, " said Sheriff VanRenterghem.

Giving the community a good laugh.

"We don't have this type of call very often so I gave my body camera to Mauer employees. They were standing behind a window and I asked them to videotape it," said Sheriff VanRenterghem.

It is also given cause for Jim to make a small change in his morning routine.  

"You look twice, you open the door and look twice," said Harvey.

 


 

 

 


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